Communication Technician I or Communication Technician II
(Hiring level will be based on Qualifications and Experience)
Our Communication System:
Pierce Transit’s Motorola 700 MHz P25 Phase one simulcast system consists of six sites, with a 2 channel UHF data overlay, which includes a looped microwave backhaul system. In 2010, Pierce Transit partnered with Pierce County to expand this system to cover the entire county for public safety and as a cost saving measure for our community. In 2011, Pierce Transit and the County completed phase one of the expansion by upgrading the existing infrastructure from Motorola’s version 7.2 to 7.7 and the completion of the expanded system design for a combined certified P25 communication network.
In February 2012, a Motorola contract began the infrastructure upgrade from Motorola’s version 7.7 to 7.11. The overall system design will move us from the original six sites to approximately 18 sites, which includes three sub systems, a VHF voice overlay, and a UHF data overlay.
In joining this team, you would work with a capable team of professionals who are dedicated to providing a high standard of workmanship. We are looking for innovative, enthusiastic individuals who desire an opportunity to grow with our organization and work with cutting edge communications technologies.
Communication Technician I Summary: Under direction from the Radio Program Administrator or the Radio Program Assistant, this position applies knowledge of electronic theory and practice to assist in the installation, removal, and maintenance of fixed-station and complex mobile communication equipment. This communications work is typically performed either at a central shop or at remote communication sites located throughout Pierce County.
The Communication Technician will work with increasing independence commensurate with demonstrated proficiency.
Communication Technician II Summary: Under direction from the Radio Program Administrator or the Radio Program Assistant, performs highly technical and engineering-related tasks that include analyzing, developing, and implementing solutions for the installation, maintenance, repair, modification, and calibration of a wide variety of communications equipment that constitutes the Pierce Transit Communications Network. This equipment includes point-to-point microwave systems; data transmission systems; vehicle and portable radio systems, CAD/AVL, Smart Card, GIS, Camera/Security Systems and fixed communication station equipment. Assignments include emergency responses to independently analyze, repair, or devise a temporary solution for restoring communication services.
**For complete job duties, essential functions, required knowledge and abilities please see attached job descriptions for Communication
Technician I & II.
Hiring Wage: Communication Technician I – $28.60 per hour (Wage range $28.60 – $33.58) paid on a bi-weekly basis.
Communication Technician II – $30.68 per hour (Wage range $30.68 – $35.93) paid on a bi-weekly basis. Excellent benefits package.
Tool Allowance: Communication Technician I and Communication Technician II, on January 1 of each year, shall receive a tool allowance of three hundred fifty dollars ($350.00).
Certification Pay: An additional twenty-five cents ($.25) per hour will be paid to Communication Technician I’s and Communication Technician II’s who obtain and retain advanced technical skills through an Employer pre-approved Electronics Technicians Association (ETA) certification program. This pay shall be limited to an additional three dollars ($3.00) per hour per employee. It is the employee’s responsibility to renew or otherwise keep current all certifications/technical licenses for which they are receiving this pay and regularly provide this information to the Employer.
Minimum Qualifications – Communication Technician I:
Required: General FCC radio/telephone operator’s license or equivalent; completion of a two (2) year degree in Electronic, Electrical, or Computer Engineering and two (2) years’ experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the essential functions of the position. Desired: NARTE Junior Technician Certification; P25 Motorola ASTRO 25.7 certification and experience; Harris Microwave Video Networking and P25 Microwave System certification and experience; Cisco Routing and Switching certification and experience.
Minimum Qualifications – Communication Technician II:
Required: General FCC radio/telephone operator’s license or equivalent; completion of a two (2) year degree in Electronic, Electrical, or Computer Engineering and six (6) years’ experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the applicant with the knowledge and abilities required to perform the essential functions of the position. Desired: NARTE Senior Technician Certification; Motorola P25 ASTRO 25.7 Certification and experience; Harris Microwave Video Networking and P25 Microwave System Certification and experience; Cisco Routing and Switching Certification and experience. Special Requirements For Both Positions: Must be able to pass a security background check. Within the first six (6) months of employment, Communication Technician I’s must enroll in the NARTE Junior Technician program and Communication Technician II’s must enroll in the NARTE Senior Technician program with certification to be completed within first year of employment. Must possess a valid Washington State Driver’s License at the time of hire and be able to obtain a Class B Commercial Driver’s License permit (with a third party-testing certificate) within thirty (30) days of hire. Must obtain a CDL Class B within ninety (90) days of hire. Must possess and be able to use basic hand tools including electrical testing equipment and hand held electronic devices. Must have the ability to perform the essential functions as described above including the ability to maneuver objects weighing up to fifty (50) pounds. May work around high voltages and non-ionizing radiation levels. May be required to work alternate shifts (day, swing, & graveyard), weekends, and/or holidays. May be required to work under severe environmental conditions and temperature extremes.
How to apply:
Submit a completed Pierce Transit application form and supplemental questionnaire clearly showing how you meet the minimum qualifications listed above. This position is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. Applications materials may be obtained at www.piercetransit.org/careers, from the Pierce Transit receptionist at 3701 96th Street SW, P.O. Box 99070 Lakewood, WA 98496-0070, or by calling
253.581.8000. Resumes will be accepted only if they are attached to a completed application form.
Applicants who, in the judgment of Human Resources, most closely meet the qualifications as listed above will be invited to appear before an oral review panel. It is the responsibility of the applicant to supply sufficient information and detail on their resume/application materials to permit the Agency to properly evaluate their qualifications and abilities as they relate to the position.